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This Bill Analyzer report shows how
weather impacted my December
energy usage.
Post by Dan Kolbet

I went outside during lunch today, because unlike the soggy weekend we had in Spokane, the sun was shining and the temperature was over 50 degrees. Even over the last few days, while the rain was pretty constant, the temperatures were up. While it’s unlikely you’ll need shorts and sun block anytime soon, it’s definitely been a mild winter.

By comparison to last year at this time, we were suffering from bitter record cold temps and mounds of immovable snow. Snow in itself doesn’t really have a direct impact on your utility bill, but it’s my personal assertion that when the lawn is full of snow, I’m more likely to bump up the thermostat a few degrees to shake the dust off the psychological cold.

It’s really the temperature outside, combined with your usage that impacts your monthly bill. But you don’t have to take my word for it – you can track how weather impacts your bill through your free My Account, which is available to all customers.

When I went back today and looked at my house’s account I saw that through December, the average temperature in my area was actually 10 degrees colder than the previous month – actually increasing my bill $31-51. It just goes to show how quickly we forget about the bad weather – when good (i.e. warm) weather happens. Next month I’ll be able to look back on January and see how the warm weather saved me money.

Click here to see a report the Avista Bill Analyzer created for my house.

If you’d like to track your energy usage online for free, sign up for a My Account and you too can utilize features like the Bill Analyzer, online energy audits, payment options and more.
Posted by  System Account  on  1/18/2010
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